People love Metrotown. These days, the downtown Burnaby neighbourhood is positively humming and highrise developments in the area are springing up fast. Metropolis at Metrotown is B.C.'s biggest shopping centre with nearly 400 stores and services; there's green space nearby at Burnaby's huge Central Park, and the SkyTrain provides express transit to downtown Vancouver.

All of this makes Midori, Polygon's 37-storey tower on Marlborough Avenue, an attractive proposition for first-time buyers and young professionals.

Robin Phung is one of them. He rents an apartment with his girlfriend Jackie Hii near the Joyce SkyTrain Station. The two-bedroom unit they've bought at Midori is their first home purchase.

"The location will allow Jackie to get to work near Science World super quickly," Phung said.

"For me, Midori is very close to where I'm working right now. We like to go downtown a lot and even though I do drive, I'd much prefer to take the train. The building's going to be right between Royal Oak and Metrotrown SkyTrain stations. Perfect."

The design of the Midori is also proving to be popular with buyers, according to Goldie Alam, senior vice-president of marketing at Polygon Realty.

"We wanted to do something different with this building, so we started to play with the design of the balconies and came up with a leaf theme," she said. "We were looking at the colour green at around the same time as we were naming the building. Midori means a leafy green colour in Japanese."

DYS Architecture developed the designs for swooping, curved balconies which, when viewed from a distance, reveal an abstract leaf pattern stretching from the top to the bottom of the building.

"The architect was working closely with our development team on the whole concept," Alam added. "It's great that we had that early vision, the name matched it and everything came together. It's going to be a very distinctive building, for sure."

Inside, there'll be a fully equipped fitness studio, a multi-purpose lounge and billiards room, a dog grooming station, three car-wash stations and multiple electric car plug-ins. A limited number of storage lockers will also be available.

Many residents may not need them since, according to Phung, the apartments at Midori are significantly larger than other options he's seen in the area.

"Right now, we're at around 600 square feet so it's definitely going to be an upgrade for us with 950," he said. "Of the upcoming highrise buildings in the area that we looked at, the units at Midori had the most space for the same or maybe even less money. We did look at some older buildings that have larger units, but they really lack that open concept that makes such a difference to how the space feels when you're living in it."

Living spaces at Midori come in three colour schemes: New Yorker Night, Milanese Sunset and Parisian Snow. The ceilings in the main living areas will rise to 8.5 feet on most floors, and there will be expansive low-E windows with vertical blinds.

Kitchens feature engineered stone countertops and full-length tile backsplashes. There's flat-panel custom cabinetry and polished chrome pulls on lower cabinets. The developers are also including soft-close cabinet hardware, rollout spice racks and built-in recycling stations. Appliance packages include 30-inch refrigerators, gas cooktops with hood fans and self-cleaning wall ovens.

Most of the ensuite bathrooms feature an oversized spa-style shower with a frameless glass door, a rain shower head with wand, a built-in niche and integrated bench seating. Some ensuites feature linen closets for extra storage. Second bathrooms come equipped with rectangular soaker tubs and all bathrooms have engineered stone countertops and porcelain tile flooring.

Polygon has put extra effort into providing residents at Midori with peace of mind and a sense of security. There will be an on-site resident manager, key fob access to the parkade and common areas, and digital recording cameras in the parkade and lobby. The elevator will have secure lock-off control access to each floor, meaning residents can only stop on their own floors, the ground-floor level and the parkade. There will be fire sprinklers and hardwired smoke detectors in all homes and common areas.

"We have a lot of first-time buyers and young couples and they expect a high standard of fixtures and finishes in new-build apartments," Alam said. "We've also had some single young professionals who like the location because you can get downtown on the SkyTrain in minutes. Metrotown is a very popular area. It's so walkable — every amenity, store and restaurant you could want is right on your doorstep and, as a result, we've seen some interest from investors too. They really see the value in the neighbourhood."

Midori is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018.


Project location: 6579 Marlborough Ave., Burnaby

Project size: 244 two-bedroom apartments, 811 — 950 sq. ft., and nine two-bedroom homes at the base of the tower of up to 1,300 sq. ft.

Price: from $467,900

Developer: Polygon Midori Residences Ltd.

Architect: DYS Architecture

Interior designer: Polygon Interior Design Ltd.

Sales centre: 6579 Marlborough Avenue

Hours: noon — 5 p.m., daily

Telephone: 604-439-8852


Occupancy: summer 2018